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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437855/mild-fetal-cerebral-ventriculomegaly-prevalence-characteristics-and-utility-of-ancillary-testing-in-cases-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-center
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Alison J Mehlhorn, Cara E Morin, Jade J Wong-You-Cheong, Stephen A Contag
OBJECTIVE: Ventriculomegaly is the most common fetal brain anomaly identified during prenatal anatomy ultrasound. The aim of our study was to characterize cases of mild ventriculomegaly and investigate the utility of ancillary tests. METHOD: We reviewed 121 cases of mild ventriculomegaly, defined as lateral ventricle diameter of 10-15 mm. Characteristics of the ventricular dilation as well as each pregnancy were investigated. Ancillary tests performed included follow-up MRI, chromosomal abnormality testing, and maternal serologic infection screening...
April 24, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436632/-localization-of-gestational-age-reference-table-and-its-application-in-prenatal-screening
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Linlin Dou, Guohui Yang, Weiming Mo
Objective: To establish a fetal biparietal diameter (BPD)-gestational age formula based on the data of pregnant women from Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou, and to evaluate its application in prenatal screening. Methods: Data of 3500 pregnant women with gestational age between 15 weeks and 19 weeks+6 receiving prenatal screening in Xiaoshan Hospital during May 2014 and May 2015 were collected. BPDs were used to establish a localized BPD-gestational age formula. The localized formula was used to evaluate the prenatal screening risks in 1759 pregnant women with irregular menstrual cycles or uncertain last menstrual period (LMP) in Xiaoshan District, and the results were compared with those calculated using formula in LifeCycle 4...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436133/population-trends-in-prenatal-detection-of-transposition-of-great-arteries-impact-of-obstetrical-screening-ultrasound-guidelines
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Ravi Prasad, Mills Lindsay, Fruitman Deborah, Savard Winnie, Colen Timothy, Khoo Nee, Serrano-Lomelin Jesus, Hornberger Lisa K
BACKGROUND: D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is one of the most common critical neonatal heart defects. Although there are clinical advantages to a prenatal diagnosis, D-TGA has had low prenatal detection internationally. Recent obstetrical ultrasound guidelines incorporating screening of cardiac outflows may improve prenatal detection of D-TGA. We sought to evaluate trends in the prenatal detection of D-TGA with/without ventricular septal defect (VSD) in Alberta over the past 13 years, examining the potential impact of enhanced ultrasound guidelines in 2009-2010 and 2013 and factors impacting detection...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434087/hepatitis-b-during-pregnancy-in-endemic-areas-screening-treatment-and-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission
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Naichaya Chamroonkul, Teerha Piratvisuth
The proper management of pregnant women infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is necessary to prevent maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality and to protect the baby from HBV infection. In the majority of cases, vertical transmission can be prevented with a universal screening program, HBV vaccine immunoprophylaxis, and administration of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIg) for babies born to mothers with HBV. However, in mothers with a high viral load (>200,000 or >1,000,000 IU/ml, depending on the guideline), the chance of immunoprophylaxis failure remains high...
April 22, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429561/cfdna-screening-performance-accounting-for-and-reducing-test-failures
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EDITORIAL
H Cuckle
Over several decades antenatal screening for Down's syndrome steadily evolved from the initial concept of a single second trimester maternal serum marker to complex protocols involving the combination of multiple serum and fetal ultrasound markers, determined within-trimester or sequentially across-trimesters.
April 21, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425156/universal-versus-selective-ultrasonography-to-screen-for-large-for-gestational-age-infants-and-associated-morbidity
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Ulla Sovio, Alexandros A Moraitis, Hilary S Wong, Gordon C S Smith
OBJECTIVE: To compare the diagnostic effectiveness of selective versus universal ultrasonography as a screening test for large for gestational age (LGA) infants, and to determine whether previously described ultrasonic markers of excessive fetal growth could identify which suspected LGA fetuses were at increased risk of neonatal morbidity. METHODS: We analysed data from a prospective cohort study of nulliparous women, the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction study. All women had clinically indicated scans as per routine care...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423190/the-clinical-utility-of-genome-wide-non-invasive-prenatal-screening
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Francesco Fiorentino, Sara Bono, Francesca Pizzuti, Sara Duca, Arianna Polverari, Monica Faieta, Marina Baldi, Laura Diano, Francesca Spinella
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we expanded conventional cell-free fetal DNA(cfDNA)-based non-invasive prenatal testing(NIPT) to cover the entire genome. We aimed to compare the performance of the two test in a large general population of pregnant women, in order to assess the clinical utility of the genome-wide screening. METHOD: Genome-wide cfDNA analysis was offered to 12.114 pregnant women undergoing NIPT for common fetal aneuploidy. Sequencing data were analyzed using an algorithm optimized to identify aneuploidies and subchromosomal aberrations...
April 17, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421145/a-framework-for-describing-the-influence-of-service-organisation-and-delivery-on-participation-in-fetal-anomaly-screening-in-england
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Hyacinth O Ukuhor, Janet Hirst, S José Closs, William J Montelpare
Objective. The aim of this research was to explore the influence of service organisation and delivery on providers and users' interactions and decision-making in the context of Down's syndrome screening. Methods. A qualitative descriptive study involving online interviews conducted with a purposive sample of 34 community midwives, 35 pregnant women, and 15 partners from two maternity services in different health districts in England. Data were analysed using a combination of grounded theory principles and content analysis and a framework was developed...
2017: Journal of Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421116/mitochondrial-maturation-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Dao-Fu Dai, Maria Elena Danoviz, Brian Wiczer, Michael A Laflamme, Rong Tian
Human pluripotent stem cells derived cardiomyocytes (PSC-CMs) have been widely used for disease modeling, drug safety screening, and preclinical cell therapy to regenerate myocardium. Most studies have utilized PSC-CM grown in vitro for a relatively short period after differentiation. These PSC-CMs demonstrated structural, electrophysiological, and mechanical features of primitive cardiomyocytes. A few studies have extended in vitro PSC-CM culture time and reported improved maturation of structural and electromechanical properties...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419453/obstetrics-and-gynecology-physician-knowledge-of-rh-immune-globulin-prophylaxis
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Amy Yu, Erin Morris, Richard Adams, Mark K Fung
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that more than 20% of laboratories would have recommended inaccurate doses of Rh immune globulin (RhIG) in hypothetical cases. Efforts have been made in educating laboratories in correct dosing calculations; however, obstetricians are most often responsible for ordering RhIG. The objective of this study was to assess knowledge of RhIG indications and dosing among obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) physicians in the United States. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: An anonymous 17- question online survey was distributed to all OB/GYN resident and attending physicians affiliated with US residency training programs...
April 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418571/risk-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-according-to-period-of-prenatal-antidepressant-exposure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Antonia Mezzacappa, Pierre-Alexandre Lasica, Francesco Gianfagna, Odile Cazas, Patrick Hardy, Bruno Falissard, Anne-Laure Sutter-Dallay, Florence Gressier
Importance: Several studies have examined the links between prenatal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children, with inconsistent results, especially regarding the impact of the trimester of exposure. Objective: To perform a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis of published studies to assess the association between ASDs and fetal exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy for each trimester of pregnancy and preconception...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416208/fetal-and-perinatal-stem-cells-in-cardiac-regeneration-moving-forward-to-the-paracrine-era
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C Balbi, S Bollini
Cardiovascular disease (CD) is a major burden for Western society. Regenerative medicine has provided encouraging results, yet it has not addressed the focal defects causing CD and mainly related to the inefficient repair programme of the heart. In this scenario, stem cells have been broadly investigated and their paracrine effect proposed as a possible working strategy to boost endogenous mechanisms of repair and regeneration from within the cardiac tissue. The scientific community is now focusing on identifying the most effective stem cell secretome, as the whole of bioactive factors and extracellular vesicles secreted by stem cells and endowed with regenerative potential...
April 12, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415763/low-numbers-of-pre-leukemic-fusion-genes-are-frequently-present-in-umbilical-cord-blood-without-affecting-dna-damage-response
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Pavol Kosik, Milan Skorvaga, Matus Durdik, Lukas Jakl, Ekaterina Nikitina, Eva Markova, Katarina Kozics, Eva Horvathova, Igor Belyaev
Despite widely accepted notion that many childhood leukemias are likely developed from hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPC) with pre-leukemic fusion genes (PFG) formed in embryonic/fetal development, the data on PFG incidence in newborns are contradictive. To provide a better understanding of a prenatal origin of leukemia, umbilical cord blood from 500 newborns was screened for the presence of the most frequent PFG associated with pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This screening revealed relatively high incidence of ETV6-RUNX1, BCR-ABL1 (p190) and MLL-AF4 at very low frequencies, averaging ~14 copies per 100,000 cells...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414519/effect-of-a-food-supplement-containing-l-methionine-on-urinary-tract-infections-in-pregnancy-a-prospective-multicenter-observational-study
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Mario Passaro, Giampaolo Mainini, Francesco Ambrosio, Raimondo Sgambato, Giancarlo Balbi
OBJECTIVE: Adjuvants or alternatives to antibiotics in urinary tract infections (UTIs) during pregnancy seem advisable because of possible fetal stress. The present study assessed the effectiveness of a food supplement containing L-methionine and Hibiscus sabdariffa L. and Boswellia serrata Roxb. extracts as a treatment for symptomatic UTIs in pregnancy. DESIGN: Pregnant patients with symptomatic cystitis were screened for UTIs in three different clinical centers...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413694/first-neonatal-demise-with-travel-associated-zika-virus-infection-in-the-united-states-of-america
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Nikolaos Zacharias, Janice Whitty, Sarah Noblin, Sophia Tsakiri, Jose Garcia, Michael Covinsky, Meenakshi Bhattacharjee, David Saulino, Nina Tatevian, Sean Blackwell
Zika virus is increasingly recognized as a fetal pathogen worldwide. We describe the first case of neonatal demise with travel-associated Zika virus infection in the United States of America, including a novel prenatal ultrasound finding. A young Latina presented to our health care system in Southeast Texas for prenatal care at 23 weeks of gestation. Fetal Dandy-Walker malformation, asymmetric cerebral ventriculomegaly, single umbilical artery, hypoechoic fetal knee, dorsal foot edema, and mild polyhydramnios were noted upon initial screening prenatal sonography at 26 weeks...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412674/analysis-of-relevant-risk-factors-for-intrauterine-death-of-fetuses-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#16
Yang Qiong, Yuan Yichong
Our study aimed to explore the relevant risk factors for intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy via a retrospective analysis. Then, 98 pregnant women with intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy were enrolled, who had undergone the induced labor of dead fetuses in our hospital from January, 2013 to January, 2015. By taking their disease conditions into considerations, methods of induced labor as softening of cervix with dinoprostone suppositories and amniotic infusion of ethacridine or oxytocin were performed, and the timely cesarean section for termination of pregnancy was performed...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410945/diagnostic-approach-in-fetal-coarctation-of-the-aorta-a-cost-utility-analysis
#17
Patrick D Evers, Daksha Ranade, Mark Lewin, Bhawna Arya
BACKGROUND: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is difficult to diagnose by fetal echocardiogram (F-Echo), often requiring multiple F-Echos during gestation and neonatal echocardiograms (N-Echos) after birth. Furthermore, CoA is the most common ductal-dependent lesion missed on routine physical exam. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the most cost-effective diagnostic approach in caring for infants in whom an initial F-Echo is concerning for CoA. METHODS: Four paradigms for management after initial F-Echo could not rule out CoA were compared, with a single paradigm involving additional F-Echos: (1) multiple F-Echos for diagnostic clarity and performance of N-Echo on neonates with remaining high suspicion for CoA on F-Echos (prenatal-multiple), (2) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on neonates with high suspicion for CoA on initial F-Echo (postnatal-selective), (3) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on all neonates (postnatal-all), and (4) no further F-Echo or N-Echo with reliance on routine physical exam to identify afflicted infants (postnatal-none)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409863/the-influence-of-snp-based-chromosomal-microarray-and-nipt-on-the-diagnostic-yield-in-10-000-fetuses-with-and-without-fetal-ultrasound-anomalies
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Malgorzata I Srebniak, Maarten F C M Knapen, Marike Polak, Marieke Joosten, Karin E M Diderich, Lutgarde C P Govaerts, Marjan Boter, Joan N R Kromosoeto, Daniella Aloysia C M van Hassel, Gido Huijbregts, Wilfred F J van Ijcken, Roger Heydanus, Anneke Dijkman, Toon Toolenaar, Femke A T de Vries, Jeroen Knijnenburg, Attie T J I Go, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Diane Van Opstal
Prenatal diagnostics has been impacted by technological changes in the past decade, which have affected the diagnostic yield. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of SNP array and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on the diagnostic yield and the number of invasive tests in our center. The frequency of pathogenic fetal unbalanced chromosome aberrations was studied in 10,005 cases referred for prenatal testing in 2009-2015. Chromosomal SNP microarray analysis replaced karyotyping in all invasively tested pregnancies and since 2014 a choice between NIPT and diagnostic testing with microarray was offered to women with an increased risk for common aneuploidy...
April 14, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401632/role-of-four-dimensional-echocardiography-with-high-definition-flow-imaging-and-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-in-detecting-fetal-pulmonary-veins
#19
Xue Sun, Ying Zhang, Miao Fan, Yu Wang, Meilian Wang, Faiza Amber Siddiqui, Wei Sun, Feifei Sun, Dongyu Zhang, Wenjia Lei, Guyue Hu
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis of fetal total anomalous pulmonary vein connection (TAPVC) remains challenging for most screening sonographers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of four-dimensional echocardiography with high-definition flow imaging and spatiotemporal image correlation (4D-HDFI) in identifying pulmonary veins in normal and TAPVC fetuses. MATERIAL & METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed and performed 4D-HDFI in 204 normal and 12 fetuses with confirmed diagnosis of TAPVC...
April 12, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401538/women-s-attitude-towards-routine-hpa-screening-in-pregnancy
#20
Dian Winkelhorst, Rosanne M Loeff, Elske van den Akker-van Marle, Masja de Haas, Dick Oepkes
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a potentially life-threatening disease with excellent preventative treatment available for subsequent pregnancies. In order to prevent index cases, the effectiveness of a population-based screening program has been suggested repeatedly. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate women's attitude towards possible future human platelet antigen (HPA)-screening in pregnancy MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional questionnaire study amongst healthy pregnant women receiving prenatal care in one of seven participating midwifery practices...
April 12, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
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